philadelphia convention center

Philadelphia Convention Center Mural

Last Saturday after our breakfast with Santa shoot at Hard Rock Cafe, I took this shot of the big mural at the convention center. I took this test shot and two other shots but I like the first one I took, don’t ask me why I just do. I used my trusted Sony DSLR Alpha 850 (which is by the way no longer in production) and the rented Sony 24-70 mm F/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens. I am loving the lens a lot. I took this shot handheld and my settings are as follows: F/4 at 1/20 second and with an ISO of 400. I did a minor post processing just to change the look and feel of the mural.

breakfast with santa

high fives with santa

ISO 200 F/5.6 1/100 second

My friend, Eugene, and I were asked to shoot the yearly breakfast with Santa at Hard Rock Philadelphia for two weekends. We shot the first weekend and it was fun. Though the background is not as good as the one you see in the malls but kids and adults had fun having their pictures taken with Santa. Santa listened to their wishes and some kids prepared a list for him to read.

The families had their breakfast buffet in Hard Rock and after they eat, Santa was waiting outside to have their pictures taken with him. The setup was simple: a red backdrop on a fixed holder with stockings and a single huge umbrella at slight left of the camera six feet high. The umbrella is five feet across and diffused. I took the pictures on Saturday and Eugene took the next day. The picture shown here was just one of those unexpected moments. This little boy did not like his pictures taken with Santa or he did not want to sit on Santa’s lap and just stood on the side, and after his siblings were done he went back to Santa and gave him a high five. You can click on the picture to see a gallery of other shots.